Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The election of 1932 was no surprise. After Hoover went for a second term, Franklin D. Roosevelt ran, too. He won by a landslide. He introduced a two-part idea called the New Deal. The first part of the New Deal helped stabilize the country's people and economy. Once the stabilization took place from 1932-1935, the seonc part went in to action. This part built the country from the ground up. Providing more relief programs and helping the people was success, the country finally was better off than it was in a long time, thanks to Roosevelt. America has always been able to overcome a challenge, and it certainly overcame this one.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Farming, even before the Great Depression, was having terrible times. So, when the Great Depression did hit, it became the hardest industry to work with economically. To add to being the worst industry, a huge drought hit, leaving farms with no water, only to have the crops gathering dust. The drought also brought swarms and swarms of lotus, which ate the few good crops available.
Monday, March 25, 2013
|Dads were hit hard because without a job, |
they could not provide for their wives and children.
|A typical family in the Great Depression.|
In 1932, a magazine wrote that 34 million people belonged to families with no full-time wage earner. This meant that 34 million families had no adult making money. By 1933, over 85,000 businesses had failed and many more were abolished. Also. there were some barely surviving, those that desperately needed fewer employees. Ford Motor Company, employmentdropped from 128,000 employees to 37,000! While they dropped. hundreds of half made auto mobiles piled in the dust.
Those people who still had jobs that were supposedly higher-wage, made less. Secretaries who made $40 per week, were now settling for $10. One child remembers, "All of a sudden, my father lost his job and we moved in to a double garage."